Almost three years ago, I shared that I had decided to officially affilate with First Tee. Since then the organization made some branding changes and are currently adjusting their curriculum. I, however, remain committed to making the 9 Core Values foundational in the way we teach at Beaver Golf. After hearing feedback about how some of the players respond when playing in tournaments I firmly believe it is important to teach junior golfers that they can respond with integrity and rise above whatever they are seeing from other junior golfers.
Additionally, I remain committed to developing junior golfers to the level that they aspire to even if that means simply coming to class each week. Not every junior golfer is going to pursue the competitions but if they are thinking about it, please be sure to come speak to us about the next steps.
One of the coolest opportunities that First Tee helps facilitate is the Caddy Program for the Evans Scholarship. I like it because golfers beginning in their freshman year have an opportunity to work part-time as a caddy at a prestigious golf course in the area. Not only does it give them a chance to help golfers play a round of golf by offering advice but it also provides an opportunity to network and meet new people. The end goal is to apply for the Evans Scholarship which pays for 4 years of college and it does not require your golfer to play golf.
This year Jayda Dookie was awarded an Evans Scholarship and two other golfers just started their journey.
We are excited about what lies ahead.
Original post 7/1/20
The First Tee 9 Core Values have been apart of my junior golf programming for years. When I taught Level 1 Golf, I opened every session with a short discussion about each one and I have made them the foundation for my homeschool group golf series. For me, it was a simple and concise way to teach some basic concepts that are not only important in golf but also in life.
During the Covid-19 "stay-at-home" order, I decided to explore the First Tee program in greater detail. After a couple of meetings, I decided to become a certified First Tee Coach and I encouraged my team to become certified Assistant Coaches.
Here's why I did it:
All in all, my affiliation with the First Tee provides additional resources for my junior golfers. Resources that will allow me to further partner with parents in developing their golfers into people of character.